Meaning of thinspiration in English:


Pronunciation /θɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • (especially in the context of anorexia nervosa) used in reference to something or someone that serves as motivation for a person seeking to maintain a very low body weight.

    ‘these photos are providing dangerous thinspiration to young women (and men)’
    • ‘Sites post images of waif-like women as a way to provide "thinspiration" for others.’
    • ‘Some use pictures of excessively thin models as "thinspiration" for self-starvation.’
    • ‘Conservative French legislators adopted a pioneering law yesterday aimed at stifling a proliferation of websites that promote eating disorders with "thinspiration" and starvation tips.’
    • ‘The "thinspiration" promised comes in the form of helpful tips for getting thin at absolutely any cost whatsoever.’
    • ‘Most of the websites I examined featured thinspiration photographs of famous runway models and actresses with sharp ribs jutting out of their dresses.’
    • ‘The TV star is furious after websites used her picture as "thinspiration" for anorexic girls.’
    • ‘"I want to raise awareness about the harm of destructive thinspiration messages," she recently told me.’
    • ‘"There is no doubt that other media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr have a long way to go before they are really safe and free of thinspiration triggers," replied Singer.’
    • ‘A student who took 'thinspiration selfies' to track her dramatic weight loss has spoken out to warn others of the dangers.’
    • ‘Online "thinspiration" content can tip vulnerable people into mental illness or exacerbate the deadly illness they're already suffering from.’


Early 21st century blend of thin and inspiration. Compare with fitspiration.